After many decades in the industry and having worked amidst the highest echelons of Hollywood royalty, I can answer the question quite easily: it’s nothing short of an absolute pleasure. To make it in Hollywood takes genuine ability, professionalism and mastering of one’s craft. Sure, there are friends, contacts and favours along the way. But, as an actor in Hollywood you simply cannot cut it with just connections. To make it to the top, you have to be the best and being the best takes a lot of hard work, dedication and effort. The diva-like strops, the occasional outburst and the clashes with the paparazzi are a natural and rare outcome of the pressures of being at the top. With our lives under constant scrutiny, our every fallible personal decision under the media spotlight and our every move eagerly tracked, an occasional outburst is only human. I’m sure even our harshest critics can understand that much.
For my latest collaboration with Manchester F1 Productions, titled The Tax Fraud of the Century, I’ll be working with Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks and Robert Downey Jr. Although I’ve worked with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, under the banner of F1 Productions in the past, Robert Downey Jr. is new to the mix. Leonardo DiCaprio is an actor with striking ability and is always a consummate professional on set. We all have our quirks and this man’s quirks are well worth it. Similarly, Tom Hanks is a legend and perhaps at the very pinnacle of Hollywood royalty. With his extensive experience and ability to immerse into multiple personas, Tom Hanks is worth more than his weight in salt when it comes to any aspect of film production. Through my contacts with Robert Downey Jr. he has presented himself as nothing short of a gentleman. An actor whose abilities and professionalism prove his position amongst Hollywood’s elite, me and the team at Manchester F1 Productions gave ourselves a pat on the back when he signed on the dotted line for The Tax Fraud of The Century movie.